Headlines for Friday, March 10, 2006

  • Unification Tops Queen's Plate Winterbook

    Godolphin's Unification is the 4-1 Winterbook favorite for the 147th renewal of the $1 million Queen's Plate for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds June 25 at Woodbine.

  • Sunny Ho moved from ICU.

    Jockey Sunny Ho Moved from Intensive Care

    Sunny Ho, who had been in the Intensive Care Unit at Highland Hospital in Oakland since sustaining a serious brain injury in a spill on March 2, was moved from the ICU Friday.

  • Rockport Harbor meets several old foes in Razorback 'Cap.

    'Rocky' Takes Next Step on Comeback Trail

    Fox Hill Farm's Rockport Harbor, making his second start of the year, is the horse to beat in Sunday's field of eight for the $150,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) featuring older horses going 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park.

  • Delaware Names New State Veterinarian

    Michael Vanderklok, DVM, of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, has accepted the position as State Veterinarian with the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

  • Delaware Names New State Veterinarian

    Michael Vanderklok, DVM, of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, has accepted the position as State Veterinarian with the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

  • Wild Fit seeks 'balance' in Oaks rematch.

    Santa Anita Oaks Reunites Wild Fit, Balance

    Wild Fit attempts to square the score with Balance on Sunday when the co-favorites for this year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) head a field of nine 3-year-old fillies set to contest Santa Anita's $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Mr. Silver, Up an Octave Battle in Palm Beach

    Mr. Silver and Up an Octave, after trading decisions in two previous clashes, face off again in Sunday's $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds on the Gulfstream Park turf. Eight colts are entered.

  • Improved Racing Climate in California Could Help Barretts Juvenile Auction

    Following a world record Thoroughbred auction price of $16 million for a <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=4077694&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Forestry</a> colt in South Florida, the select market for 2-year-olds in training moves to Southern California for Tuesday's Barretts March sale at Fairplex Park.

  • Cherokee Run, Songandaprayer Fillies Sizzle in OBS March Works

    Fillies by <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1289390&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Cherokee Run</a> and <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=4476002&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Songandaprayer</a> were among the fastest workers Friday during an under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.

  • Private Vow, winning the Futurity at Belmont, has an affinity for Churchill Downs but that may not matter in the Kentucky Derby.

    Downey Profile Analysis: 'Horse for the Course' Doesn't Work in Derby

    At TheDowneyProfile.com, we utilize 13 factors more common to Kentucky Derby winners than non-winners, based on our 33-year study, in order to create an objective, weighted-factor predictor of Kentucky Derby success. One factor that we do not use is the "horse for the course" handicapping angle, the one that looks to horses that have run well at Churchill Downs.

  • Discreet Cat, shown breaking his maiden at Saratago, won again Thursday night in Dubai.

    Discreet Cat Victorious in UAE Derby Prep

    As expected, Godolphin's new recruit Discreet Cat ran out the facile winner of a mile conditions race on the Nad Al Sheba dirt Thursday night to secure his berth in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) in just over two weeks time.

  • Holtz Returns to Calder as Assistant General Manager

    Craig R. Holtz has been appointed assistant general manager at Calder Race Course. Holtz, the director of operations at Oaklawn Park since January 2001, previously held this position at Calder from August 1998 to December 2000. He succeeds Michael Anifantis, who assumed the role of Racing Secretary in January.

  • Paragallo and Pedersen Officially Split

    Ernie Paragallo, owner of Paraneck Stable, and trainer Jennifer Pedersen finally severed ties when Paragallo entered his horses for Saturday's card at Aqueduct under the name of assistant trainer Frank Amonte.

  • Microchips, Equine Genomics on Horse Council Agenda

    The American Horse Council 2006 National Issues Forum will feature an all-day meeting of the Equine Species Working Group as well as a discussion on equine genomics, funding for which could be included in the next farm bill authored by Congress.